Marked: scanned scripts uploaded by Friday 23rd February 2024, and marked by the BPhO.
Length: 3 hours.
Cost: Free: by invitation only. The Top Gold and selected Gold candidates from Round 1.
Year Group: Year 13 and below.
Prizes: Certificates (and, if possible, book prizes).
The competition is sat within school.
These are significantly harder questions and preparation is
required of students (see below). It is less the content and more the
style of the questions.
Certificates are awarded to the top students in approximately the
33 % Gold
33 % Silver
33 % Bronze
Students achieving a certificate of any colour in the BPhO are very
able physicists. We would encourage schools to present these
certificates in a manner that recognises the significant achievement
of successful students at a national level.
Students will be invited to take part in this competition paper
only if they are eligible for the UK team. For this, students
are required to:
Attend a secondary school, sixth form or FE college within the UK,
Be a UK citizen OR have had the majority of their education within
the UK - specifically this means that they should have been educated
in the UK since the start of Year 9. If you teach a student who
is not a UK citizen but is a long term resident and would like to enquire about their eligibility,
contact firstname.lastname@example.org. However, we must point out that this is a team selection paper and not for general physics interest.
[The increased number of A level students from overseas studying in
the UK is welcome and it is pleasing to see their success in Round 1,
but that does not make them eligible to take Round
Three documents provide information about preparation topics
There are between three and five questions on the paper.
They are on topics based on an A level syllabus or equivalent,
but coverage of some topics is extended and, detailed in the
syllabus document Round 2 extended
topicsBPhO Syllabus Round 2 (Dec 2023).
The booklet, Upgrade Your Physics, which you can download
Your Physics is extremely useful on extension
topics. Solutions to the questions are not available.